Blessed are the man and woman
who have grown beyond their greed
and have put an end to their hatred
and no longer nourish illusions.
But they delight in the ways things are
and keep their hearts open, day and night.
They are like trees planted near flowing rivers,
which bear fruit when they are ready.
Their leaves will not fall or wither.
Everything they do will succeed.
First Psalm in Hebrew scripture
This psalm I believe eloquently describes the restoration and healing of the human spirit that takes place when we release our ingratitude. So many of us, me included, walk around with pockets of ungratefulness, and until we heal these areas and restore balance to our relationships and to ourselves we will wither. Perhaps in this month of April when the natural environment seems to be calling for a new resurgence of life, we can use this opportunity to release and forgive.
Take inventory. Look deep into your heart and free yourself from pride, narcissism, a sense of entitlement. Release resentments and stored up anger toward others. Turn away from comparisons and envy, hatred and disappointment. Pray for healing. When we take our blessings for granted, or compare ourselves to and become envious of others, we are in a state of ingratitude. So ask, “What states of ingratitude trigger me?” and “Under what circumstances do I feel them?” Meditating on these and waiting on the answers will lead you to the answers you need to let go and release.
May you be blessed. May you delight in the ways of your heart. And may you be like trees that bear fruit in their time.